Dewey Defeats Truman?2006 Version
According to the organizer, Donald Dawson, who died last week at the age of 97, "If the boss saw 20 people out of the window, he'd stop the train. The back platform of the train is where he really hit the people. Off the cuff, he was the best. And he was never afraid of politics."
Truman connected with the American people, and to everyone's astonishment, was reelected.
As with the 1960 election of John F. Kennedy, Illinois was a pivotal state. Returns from the Chicago area were overwhelming for Dewey, so the early edition of the Chicago Tribune ran a huge headline: "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN".
When the downstate returns came in, Truman won Illinois—and the election. The following day, every newspaper in the country ran a photograph of Harry Truman with a huge smile on his face holding up a copy of the newspaper with the bogus headline.
Everyone had a laugh. It was all in good fun.
Nothing was fun about the West Virginia tragedy at the Sago coal mine that unfolded last week.
In the wee hours of the morning, television news gleefully proclaimed that 12 of the 13 trapped miners were alive. Joyful families were interviewed. Allen G. Breed of the Associated Press wrote the story and newspapers all across the United States ran with it, often embellishing the details.
The following day, the awful truth came out.
Twelve miners were dead.
As you might guess, I'm mad as hell.
A Bad Night
I fell asleep watching the Orange Bowl—that splendid match-up of teams with geezer coaches—79-year-old Joe Paterno of Penn State vs. Florida State's 76-year-old Bobby Bowden. I went to bed, woke up just before 1 a.m. and turned on my tiny radio to see who won. To my astonishment, the game was tied 23-23 in the third overtime, so I listened to the end of it. Whereupon the dog announced that he wanted to go out. So I stumbled out of bed, put my clothes on over my pajamas and walked the dog.
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
- Allen G. Breed
- Anderson Cooper
- Bennett K. Hatfield
- Bill Hemmer
- Bobby Bowden
- Donald S
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Gloria Vanderbilt
- Harry S
- Jack Lessenberry
- James Herbert
- Jeff Gammage
- Joe Paterno
- John F. Kennedy
- Jonathan Klein
- Larry Eichel
- Rita Cosby
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Thomas E. Dewey
- Truman Whistle-Stop Donald S. Dawson